Police in Nanaimo are warning the public to be on the lookout for a rental scam that was caught out by prospective tenants in Nanaimo last week. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)

Police in Nanaimo are warning the public to be on the lookout for a rental scam that was caught out by prospective tenants in Nanaimo last week. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)

Prospective tenants thwart Craigslist rental scam in Nanaimo

Online post advertised Tamara Drive home, according to Nanaimo RCMP

Police in Nanaimo are warning the public about a rental scam on Craigslist that was used in an attempt to rent a Nanaimo home.

The Nanaimo RCMP were contacted last Friday by a Nanaimo couple who told investigators they’d responded to a Craigslist ad on April 9, which advertised a home on Tamara Drive, available to rent for $1,800.

Within 30 minutes of responding to the ad, the couple received an application by e-mail from a man who identified himself as Terry White with the e-mail address Terrywhite80099@gmail.com. After several e-mails back and forth, the couple were approved. The final step for them was to send one month’s rent and damage deposit, at which point White would mail a house key to them.

READ ALSO: Nanaimo RCMP seek woman wanted for drug trafficking

The couple found this quite strange, so they did their due diligence and managed to track down the actual owner of the home who verified the house was currently on the market, but it was for sale, not for rent. The owner also did not know who Terry White was. At this point, all communication with White was broken off and they reported the incident to police.

“Scammers often use Craiglist and other similar platforms to push their scams,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. “This couple was not going to be fooled and one Google search and a phone call was enough for them to see it was a Scam.”



photos@nanaimobulletin.com
Like us on
Facebook and follow us on Twitter

CrimeScams

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Regional District of Nanaimo plans to make its operations more efficient as it works on long-term goals around carbon-neutrality. (PQB News file photo)
Regional District of Nanaimo works to become carbon neutral by 2032

RDN committee of the whole members endorse plan developed by consultant

The Millstone River in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file photo)
Regional district looks at value of Nanaimo’s natural assets

Report focused on the Millstone River could inform future decisions on corporate asset management

Protesters gather along the Pearson Bridge on Terminal Avenue in downtown Nanaimo last month as part of an event called Worth More Standing. (News Bulletin file photo)
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: B.C. hasn’t managed forests properly

Protesters opposing logging in Fairy Creek speak for many British Columbians, say letter writers

Nanaimo singer Victoria Vaughn recently released an EP with local producer Austin Penner. (Photo courtesy Taylor Murray)
Nanaimo singer and recent VIU grad releases EP about becoming an adult

Victoria Vaughn’s ‘Growing Pains’ recorded with local producer Austin Penner

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has listed Harbour Air and Air Canada flights to and from Nanaimo, from April 3, 4 and 12, on its list of flights with COVID-19. (News Bulletin file)
COVID-19 cases reported for Air Canada, Harbour Air flights, says disease control centre

Nanaimo flights for April 3, 4 and 12 listed on BCCDC’s list of flights with COVID-19

In this image from NASA, NASA’s experimental Mars helicopter Ingenuity lands on the surface of Mars Monday, April 19, 2021. The little 4-pound helicopter rose from the dusty red surface into the thin Martian air Monday, achieving the first powered, controlled flight on another planet. (NASA via AP)
VIDEO: NASA’s Mars helicopter takes flight, 1st for another planet

The $85 million helicopter demo was considered high risk, yet high reward

New figures show Canadian housing prices outpacing those in other developed countries. (Black Press Media file photo)
Canadian housing prices fastest rising in the world

Relative to 2000, housing prices have risen by a factor of more than 2.5

Polystyrene has been outlawed as a take-out option for restaurants in Tofino and Ucluelet. (Black Press Media file photo)
Styrofoam done as a takeout option on Island’s Pacific Rim

Tofino and Ucluelet ban polystyrene take-out containers

The IIO is investigating after a police dog bit a man during a traffic stop near Ladysmith on April 17, 2021. (Black Press Media stock photo)
IIO investigating after police dog bites man near Ladysmith

RCMP dog bit man during traffic stop on Friday, April 17

This photo shows crews battling the fire at 7987 Galbraith Cres. that caused extensive damage and displaced six residents early Sunday morning. (Central Saanich Fire/Department Twitter)
Six fortunate to escape terrifying early-morning fire in Greater Victoria

Damage to the duplex extensive with one resident said to be ‘catatonic’ after escaping building

Joudelie King wants to get out and live life to the fullest, but there are places she can’t go because they don’t meet her accessibility needs. (submitted photo)
New online tool provides accessibility map for people with disabilities

The myCommunity BC map provides accessibility info for nearly 1,000 locations in the province

British Columbia’s provincial flag flies in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Wildfire fanned by winds near Merritt prompts evacuation alert

BC Wildfire Service says the suspected human-caused blaze was fanned by winds

The Rogers logo is photographed in Toronto on Monday, September 30, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin
Rogers investigating after wireless customers complain of widespread outage

According to Down Detector, problems are being reported in most major Canadian cities

Flow Academy is located at 1511 Sutherland Avenue in Kelowna. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
National fitness group condemns unlicensed Kelowna gym’s anti-vaccine policy

The Fitness Industry Council of Canada says Flow Academy is shining a negative light on the industry

Most Read